Ranabir Bhattacharyyaa, a writer, shared the woman’s story in a LinkedIn post. (Image credit: Ranabir Bhattacharyyaa/LinkedIn)
The coronavirus pandemic caused massive jobs losses across the world, forcing people to make drastic switches to new and often unfamiliar roles to support their families.
In Kolkata, a woman sacked from electronics giant Panasonic had to start riding a scooter for Uber. Her story was shared on LinkedIn by a man who rode with her.
Ranabir Bhattacharyyaa, a writer, said in his post that last week, he had booked an Uber two-wheeler for a quick ride across Kolkata. The driver who came to pick him up was Moutushi Basu – a woman in her early 30s.
During his conversation with Basu, Bhattacharyyaa learnt that she worked with Panasonic before the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
"She lost her job in the Covid phase like lakhs of Indians," the man added in his post.
Frequently Asked Questions
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
Left with no other choice, Basu became an Uber rider. The job entailed braving rains in Kolkata.
Bhattacharyyaa asked Basu if she had any experience riding scooters during drizzle. "I don’t have any other choice now to run my family," she told him.
The man said Basu did not ask for extra money for driving him around in the rain. "May the force be with her," he added.
One of Bhattacharyyaa's followers said she had also met Basu. "Have had the privilege to ride with her twice," she added. "I felt extremely safe and was so proud of her dedication. Loved her confidence and zeal."
Another user said: "While covid has definitely devastated lives, it has also brought up heroes who have overcome challenges and come out of their comfort zones to support their families and loved ones. Hats off to Moutushi Basu and people like her, who are an inspiration to all."
- What Travis Kalanick Leaves Behind at Uber
- Uber lays off 3,700 as virus upends sharing economy
- A bus driver told a rider to wear a mask. Then the passenger spit on her.
- Uber asks passengers across UK to wear masks, sit in the back seat and open a window
- Coronavirus live updates: Uber to lay off nearly 4,000 workers
- Coronavirus live updates: US sheds 20 million jobs in 1 month, Uber cuts nearly 4,000
- Uber axes 3,700 staff as trips drop in lockdowns
- Why women in tech aren’t surprised by the Uber saga
- Coronavirus live updates: Russian woman infected again after recovery
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 5-6
- Coronavirus live updates: State issues guidelines for counties to reopen businesses
- Coronavirus live updates: State issues guidelines for counties to reopen
- Coronavirus live updates: Marin County expands contact-tracing team
- Coronavirus live updates: Solano County lets retail, low-risk businesses reopen Friday
- Coronavirus live updates: Solano, Sonoma counties allow retail, other businesses to reopen Friday
- Coronavirus live updates: 574 inmates in federal prison complex at Lompoc test positive, 2 dead
- Coronavirus live updates: Oakland opens free walk-up testing site
- Coronavirus live updates: 3.2 million more unemployed
- Coronavirus live updates: California’s projected budget deficit spikes to $54 billion
- The coronavirus might finally kill off electric scooter startups
From Panasonic employee to Uber rider: Kolkata woman’s story have 797 words, post on www.moneycontrol.com at May 16, 2022. This is cached page on Business News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.